Sport and Exercise Psychology

Mark B. Andersen, PhD, is an adjunct professor at Halmstad University in Sweden. He lives in Australia and collaborates intercontinentally with his Swedish colleagues in the areas of research, training, and supervision in applied sport and exercise psychology. He graduated with a PhD in psychology in 1988 from the University of Arizona and became a licensed psychologist in the United States in 1989. In 1994 he immigrated to Australia where he is a registered clinical psychologist. He has taught courses in the psychology of rehabilitation and the professional practice of...

Samuel J. Zizzi, EdD, CC-AASP, is the Dr. Pat Fehl endowed professor of sport and exercise psychology in the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences (CPASS) at West Virginia University (WVU).

Andrew C. Ostrow completed the Ph.D. degree at the University of California, Berkeley. Currently, he is Professor and Program Coordinator for the Sport Behavior Program, School of Physical Education, at West Virginia University. He also has served as an adjunct professor in the Department of Psychology. Dr. Ostrow has numerous publications and presentations in the sport psychology field. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in the psychology of sport for the last 24 years, including a unique graduate course ("Sport Psychometrics") on psychological assessment in...

Robert C. Eklund, PhD, is presently a professor and chair in physical activity and health in the School of Sport at the University of Stirling in Scotland. Previously, he served as the distinguished professor of Sport Psychology in the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems at Florida State University in Tallahassee Florida while working on chapters for this book. His doctoral degree was earned at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in Exercise and Sport Science, with a specialization in sport and exercise psychology. He is a fellow of both the American...

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Training Professionals in the Practice of Sport Psychology provides a detailed look at all facets of the educa­tion process from training requirements to certification to developing a mental training program. Intended for those seeking to become sport psychology professionals, and unlike any other counseling text, this book supplies students with the information, tools, and essential pre­paratory steps needed to become a fully certified sport psychologist.


Practice Development in Sport and Performance Psychology is a practical guide with a step-by-step process for establishing and maintaining a consulting practice for today's sport and performance psychology professionals.

Editor Jim Taylor and a talented team of authors provide a foundation of knowledge and skills necessary to establish and maintain a consulting practice and explore the gamut of issues including understanding the progression of professional development, creating a performance model, writing a business plan, using social media, and much more.

Each chapter includes a summary and exercises to review and further explore relevant topics covered in the book.

From the Foreword

“This book is both informative and practical. Two particular aspects are especially worth commending because they ground us in the lessons of the past, the current state of our field, and its certain future. First, though often relegated to the latter parts of a book as an afterthought, the chapter on ethics is placed front and center. Ethics should indeed be the starting point of any consulting business. Second, technology is the future of sport and performance psychology consulting. Appropriately located in the latter part of the book, but certainly critical to our work in the 21st century, is a chapter on consulting in the age of electronic and social media. “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” the old joke goes. Practice, practice, practice.”
–Kate F. Hays, Ph.D., CC-AASP, The Performing Edge

Jim Taylor, PhD, is internationally recognized for his work in the psychology of performance in business, sport, and parenting. He has been a consultant to and has provided individual and group training to executives and businesses throughout the North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. He has also consulted with the United States and Japanese Ski Teams, the United States Tennis Association, and USA Triathlon, and has worked with professional and world-class athletes in tennis, skiing, cycling, triathlon, track and field, swimming, football, golf, baseball, and many other sports. Taylor has consulted with health and medical facilities around the US, including the Mayo Clinic, the Stone Clinic in San Francisco, The Aspen Fitness and Sports Medicine Institute, and the San Francisco Bay Club. He has worked with the Miami City Ballet, the Hartford Ballet Company, the DanceAspen Summer School, and performing artists in many disciplines.


Living in the Sweet Spot: Preparing for Performance in Sport and Life inspires readers to prepare for life’s big performances. The author integrates principles of positive psychology and sport psychology, relating techniques for strengthening the reader experience of daily fulfillment and concurrently get the most out of themselves when the big moments take place. The issues performers face when under pressure come to life through examples of top athletes, musicians, and from the author's experiences as an Olympian and America's Cup sailor. Every chapter contains practical, effective, reflective exercises that help readers rise to the challenge of performing their best when it counts.

Larry M. Leith is a professor in the Department of Physical Education and Health at the University of Toronto. He holds a cross-appointment with the Department of Behavioral Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine.